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Evening Newscast 03-31-2017

Mar 31, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Montana Roman Catholic diocese is filing for bankruptcy protection as part of an unfolding settlement with 72 people who filed sex abuse claims.

Democrats have failed in a last-ditch effort to let counties conduct the May 25 special congressional election by mail.

Fiscal conservatives in the Montana House have rejected an infrastructure bill that contained $78 million in bonding.

Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House voted along party lines to advance a measure seeking to let voters to define a "person" as a fertilized egg at the moment of conception.

The Montana Senate has mustered the minimum number of votes it needed to pass its version of a massive infrastructure package.

Montana residents who signed contracts agreeing to accept $1,000 in exchange for not suing the Atlantic Richfield Co. over future mine waste cleanup in Opportunity will have the chance to reconsider.

Evening Newscast 03-29-17

Mar 29, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Republicans tabled a bill today in the House Judiciary Committee that would have allowed counties across Montana to opt-in for a mail-ballot special election to fill the state’s empty congressional seat.

The Atlantic Richfield Company is asking property owners in Anaconda for access to clean up mining waste on their property to EPA standards.

Bozeman Republican Greg Gianforte says he has raised about $1.5 million toward his campaign for Montana's only U.S. House seat.

Evening Newscast 03-28-17

Mar 28, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A Montana Senate committee is adding money to the state budget for programs in education and health care.

The Butte Rescue Mission must vacate the house it currently uses by Monday, after inspectors found code violations and safety concerns.

Senate Bill 373 would make it so that online travel companies would have to pay a seven percent tax, which is comprised of a sales tax and a lodging facility use tax.

A former Montana State University student has filed a lawsuit accusing the school of violating his rights by kicking him off campus after he made comments criticizing transgender people.

Evening Newscast 03-27-17

Mar 27, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

A bill to allow certain Montana cities and towns to increase their resort tax has failed on a tie vote.

More than a dozen caregivers and advocates are pushing for raises for 3,000 people who provide direct care for some 5,800 developmentally disabled people across Montana.

A House Committee is considering a bill that would basically prohibit Montana communities from setting up so-called sanctuary cities for immigrants or refugees.

Evening Newscast 03-24-17

Mar 24, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 3.8 percent in February, compared to the national rate of 4.7 percent.

The Montana House has endorsed a bill that would allow the state Board of Investments to loan Talen Energy $10 million a year to keep two units of the Colstrip power plant running for the next five years.

A bill seeking to ban abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy has won endorsement from the Montana Senate.

Hours before the Trump administration issued permits to resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline this morning a group on the Fort Peck reservation in northeastern Montana set out on a prayer walk to protest the pipeline.

Evening Newscast 03-23-17

Mar 23, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana House has endorsed what would be the state's first fuel tax hike in 24 years. The bill would raise the state's tax on gas by 8 cents a gallon and on diesel by 7 and a quarter cents a gallon.

A Montana official says business could suffer if lawmakers entangle the state in a national debate over bathrooms and transgender people.

Two men have filed a federal complaint saying that unlike major party candidates, they would have to gather thousands of petition signatures to run for Montana's U.S. House seat in a special election in May.

Evening Newscast 03-22-17

Mar 22, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

Education officials and advocates are pressing Montana senators to add money to the next state budget where the House wouldn't… in public schools and universities. A senate committee listened to testimony today.

Republican state lawmakers are seeking to retake control of the narrative regarding public lands access.

Montana’s Historical Society has been asking state lawmakers for help to build a new building for years. In the last legislative session it narrowly missed getting the OK to issue bonds for construction. Now, a Republican lawmaker is proposing it sell off parts of it’s collection to pay for a new museum.

Evening Newscast 03-21-17

Mar 21, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

News broke this morning that Democratic congressional candidate Rob Quist had three liens filed against him by the state of Montana to collect about $15,000 in back taxes.

Legislative analysts have released a new forecast that paints a rosier economic picture for Montana.

The House Appropriations Committee is expected to vote this week on a bill that would give a one-percent pay raise for state employees.

Evening Newscast 03-20-17

Mar 20, 2017
Montana Evening Newscast
Josh Burnham

The Montana Legislature is poised to pass a bill to ban Sharia and other foreign laws from being used in courtrooms in the state.

The University of Montana is surveying faculty and staff about their interest in early retirement as the university seeks to cut spending due to decreasing enrollment.

There’s some good news in the latest sampling for contaminants at the Columbia Falls Aluminum Company site on the Flathead River.

That’s according to Mike Cirian with the Environmental Protection Agency.